Update on Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini injuries after Catalunya MotoGP

Francesco Bagnaia avoided serious injury but Enea Bastianini needs surgery after separate scary Catalunya MotoGP incidents.
Francesco Bagnaia, MotoGP, Catalunya MotoGP, 3 September
Francesco Bagnaia, MotoGP, Catalunya MotoGP, 3 September

While Bagnaia escaped without significant injury after the scariest incident, Bastianini must undergo two surgeries.

Bagnaia highsided on the first lap in Barcelona then, when he landed, he was struck in the legs by KTM’s Brad Binder.

The race was red-flagged and Bagnaia was transported to the medical centre, then the local hospital, and now his injuries have been described.

Ducati's Davide Tardozzi told Sky Italia: "It seems less serious than expected."

Ducati later added: "Bagnaia has sustained multiple contusions, but further medical checks have shown no fractures. The reigning World Champion will fly to Italy with the team."

Bagnaia was spotted leaving hospital in Barcelona on crutches.

He expressed gratitude for the "luck" which helped him avoid serious injury, and spoke about the highside.

And remarkably Bagnaia was even able to set a very quick comeback date: Bagnaia breaks silence on “luck” and comeback date as he exits hospital

Francesco Bagnaia crash, MotoGP race, Catalunya MotoGP, 3 September
Francesco Bagnaia crash, MotoGP race, Catalunya MotoGP, 3 September

Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati sporting director, told Sky Italia: "They are examining the affected leg, he complains of pain in the coccyx, I think due to the high-side, which Pecco cannot explain. 

“He doesn't think he did anything unusual, so [we will] investigate the cause of the fall. Not knowing the reasons yet we do not want to comment on them.”

Enea Bastianini injury update

But Bagnaia's factory Ducati teammate Enea Bastianini will need two surgeries after hurting himself in a separate incident.

"Bastianini suffered a non-displaced fracture of the medial malleolus of the left ankle and a sub-capital fracture of the second metacarpal of his left hand," Ducati confirmed. "Both his hand and ankle have been immobilized with plaster to enable him to travel to Italy tonight.

"Bastianini will require surgery on his ankle and, to speed up his recovery, he will also undergo surgery on his hand in the following days."

Bastianini's lunge caused a pile-up involving five other Ducati riders, moments before Bagnaia's scarier fall.

Bastianini was hit with a double long lap penalty but could not restart the race, so must serve it whenever he returns.

He will inevitably be ruled out of next week's grand prix at Misano.

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